If you're a motorsports fan you've probably come across stories on the efforts Formula One has made to reduce its carbon footprint (KERS anyone?), but you might not have heard about what's being done in the world of NASCAR. Turns out it's pretty intense.

In 2008, NASCAR chairman Brian France got to work on creating a green initiative for the series. It wasn't unveiled until 2009 and it tackled the integration of biofuels, as in the switch to E85, employing alternative energy like the solar array at Pocono Raceway, and recycling. The initiative has a "managing director of green innovation," Dr. Mike Lynch, a website with ways everyone can get involved in making the Earth greener, hybrid pace cars and Miss Sprint Cup in a green race suit.

It's gotten bigger every year, and NASCAR will crank up its promotion with a 30-second spot that ran several times during the STP 400 at the Kansas Speedway. You can watch it below.



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      Egg
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could care less. I watch racing to see racing.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      Compared to pump gas, E85 in a proper mixture carries about a 110 octane rating. This allows increase ignition timing which means increased power, again, when compared to pump gas. Seems like a decent compromise for racing use. There are a lot of guys using it in their "fun" cars just for this reason. With my MS3 I should be able to realize atleast a 20-30hp increase just from the available timing increase with E85.
      Israel Isassi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is there any published information indicating how much of this is being paid for by taxpayers?
        Proghog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Israel Isassi
        Now I am no fan of NASCAR, but at least it is a business making money off of the money the government gives them. You should be more worried about companies like A123 battery company, Fisker, and ther solar panel companies that have gone under since receiving money from uncle Sam.
          Fixitfixitstop
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Proghog
          Is NASCAR paying the government back plus interest?
          Israel Isassi
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Proghog
          I mostly pay attention to NASCAR because of my interest in the technology, same with NHRA and other racing. I'm just as concerned about NASCAR getting government money (aka citizens money since it all comes from them) as I am all of the other projects. I'm not a fan of the lesser of two evils mindset. Bad is bad, period.
      edward.stallings
      • 2 Years Ago
      This idea that CO2 is a pollutant and we should educe our carbon footprint is crap. The climate was warmer in the past, before human C02 was significant. CO2 lags temperature, not the other way around because the solubility of CO2 in water decreases with temperature. We have been in a warming trend since before European settlers came to N. America. The Great lakes are the result of glacial retreat and the land there is still rising. Human Caloric input is much more significant than CO2 infrared effects. Ever wonder why C02 concentration in our atmosphere is so miniscule (less than ½ of one tenth of one percent!), when animals have been putting C02 into our atmosphere for millions of years? It is because plants are starved for C02. What do you do in a greenhouse to get the plants to grow good and healthy? Burn propane to enrich the C02 levels in the greenhouse. Increased C02 means greater crop yields. Yes I am a scientist, and only an idiot would buy into this CO2 hoax.
        Narom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @edward.stallings
        Which uni did you get your doctorate from?
      eye.surgeon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The religion that is global warming. Explain to me again how corn gasoline, that promotes food shortages in the third world and consumes more energy than it produces, is good for the environment?
        RJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @eye.surgeon
        Ethanol use has nothing to do with environmentalists and your mistaken judgement on global warning. It's special interests for corn farmers, pushed by corrupt Midwest senators and congressman. It's about the money (and power), don't bother analyzing it any further.
        Mark Schaffer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @eye.surgeon
        Whether corn ethanol is as bad as something calling itself "eye.surgeon" claims is not established: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_ethanol
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Aaron C
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fuel from food is never a good idea, and cows produce more co2 than cars, so if they want to cut co2 get rid of McDonald's and Burger King.
        Eric Hamby
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron C
        /facepalm We cant make cows give less Co2, we can actually do something about improving cars.
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      E85 isn't green!! It uses more energy to make, wastes valuable food, makes the government give out corn subsides which cost tax payers! It's a joke!!!
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        carney373
        • 2 Years Ago
        You've been imbued with an eco-Puritan judgmental disdain for speed, size, power, and robustness. For you, virtue equals a sackcloth and ashes lifestyle of abstemious self-denial, smugly inching along in a slow, cramped, weak, flimsy eco-toy. Your imagined moral superiority, and your enjoyment of your wallowing in vicious contempt for an entire region and culture, is more important to you than actual facts and results. The reality is, ethanol is an enormous improvement over oil-derived fuels, and if all internal combustion engines switched over to alcohol fuels the air and water would be dramatically cleaner, even while conservative Southerners roar about in big fast powerful heavy vehicles.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carney373
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      dinobot666
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just a few short years ago they were still running leaded gasoline, so I guess you could mark this up to progress. E-85 itself cannot be produced without vast amounts of fresh water and petroleum, and the return on the energy investment is never going to be worth the effort. None of it is possible without huge government subsidies either, so even from a business perspective it doesn't make sense. Still, I applaud NASCAR for taking tiny baby steps towards becoming somewhat relevant in the 21st century. Why not direct injected 3.0 V8 engines with 6 speed sequential gearboxes? Why not reduce the weight of the cars so they get better fuel economy (no more lead slabs of ballast weight) and so they're safer and handle better to boot?
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't believe in greenhouse gasses. Flame away if you want, I just don't buy it.
        raktmn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Which part don't you believe? 1) That carbon we drill out from under the ground and burn, stays in our atmosphere and seas? Do you think it magically returns itself to back deep underground, back down the well shafts they came from? Of course what we burn ends up in the atmosphere. What is there there to believe or not believe? That's just science. 2) That gasses in the atmosphere impact how the earth absorbs and holds energy from the sun? If you don't believe that the atmosphere has any influence on that, just look at the moon. It is roughly the same distance from the sun, yet because it has almost no atmosphere, it does not hold energy from the sun. Of course atmosphere impacts temperatures. What is there to believe or not believe? That's just science. You are free to not to believe the Earth is a sphere either. That won't change that the Earth is a sphere.
      Adam
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fuel injection, finally got that! Advanced materials? not so much. Advanced aero? Whats that!? Hybrid tech? Look at our pace car, not our race cars! Changing rules to push for more efficient engine R&D? Who do you think we are, F1?!? All joking aside I am happy to see Nascar make an effort to adapt to the times.
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